Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fit 'n' Fall Proof

Falls are the leading cause of injuries in older adults, and more than one-third of older adults fall every year. How can we combat this? Through purposeful, targeted activities that promote balance, strength, flexibility, and endurance.
NKA's "Fit and Fall Proof" class is sponsored by the Southeast Idaho District Health office. Participants learn how to increase lower body strength and muscle mass, as well as improve their posture.
 Class members watch carefully as instructor Ardith Moran demonstrates an exercise technique.
 Exercisers get ready to perform the next set of stretches.
 Many exercises are designed to be performed 
from a seated position.
A baseline assessment of speed and agility is taken at the beginning of the course, at midpoints, and again at the end. This allows class participants to track their progress and improvement.
 These exercises don't look like work at all: 
everyone's having a great time!